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[PRADO, Eduardo de Silva]

Fastos da dictadura militar no Brazil (by) Frederico de S.  1ª Serie.  2ª edição.  Artigos publicados na Revista de Portugal de Dezembro de 1889 a Junho de 1890.


[Porto], n.pr., 1890.


8vo.  (2) ff., vi, 368 pp.  With 6 tables & 2 maps in the text.  Original printed wrappers.   Copy partly unopened, some spotting & discolouration, marginal tear repaired in p. 11/12.                   

The author rails against the 1889 military seizure of power in Brazil and the Emperor’s abdication.   Born into a privileged Paulista family, Eduardo Prado lived in Paris from 1886 to 1889.   He was shocked and outraged to learn that the Empire had collapsed on 15 November 1889, and plunged into a vigorous attack on the New Republic.   “His polished style and sure instinct for chinks in the Republican armor made him a formidable polemicist.   He argued that by becoming a Republic Brazil was losing her nationality and thereby jeopardizing her existence as a nation . . .   It was the Empire of Pedro II, that ‘exotic flower’ in the New World, he argued, that had made Brazil a unique civilization . . .   The Empire had given invaluable political tutelage while preserving ‘liberal institutions, individual security, freedom of thought, peace and tranquillity which so nobly distinguished it in South America.’   Unlike the Spanish American republics, which succumbed to ‘the inevitable period of barbarism,’ Brazil was blessed with a constitutional monarch who allowed full rights even to subversive movements such as the Republicans“ (Thomas E. Skidmore, “Eduardo Prado, a conservative nationalist critic of the early Brazilian Republic 1889-1901” in Luso-Brazilian Review, Vol. 12 No. 2 (1975)).   “Writing in Portugal, Prado enjoyed a freedom of criticism which Brazilian journalism did not possess . . .   ” (Maria Monaco Janotti, “A monarchist response to the beginnings of the Brazilian Republic” in The Americas, Vol. 48, No. 2 [1991]).  

Not in Innocêncio, Rodrigues or Sacramento Blake.  



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